Pardon our dust while we update this corner of the website.

The Star

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French, 1834 - 1917

Made in France, Europe

c. 1876-1878

Pastel over ink monotype on laid paper

Sheet: 17 3/8 × 13 1/2 inches (44.1 × 34.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978

Social Tags

ballerina [x]   ballet [x]   complementary color [x]   dance [x]   degas [x]   unfinished quality [x]  

[Add Your Own Tags]

While many late-nineteenth-century painters produced both prints and pastels, Degas was unique in combining these two mediums in his monotypes. He created these images by putting ink on a copper plate without scratching the surface, and then transferring the picture to paper by using the pressure of a printing press. Usually there was only enough ink to create one impression. As a final step, Degas frequently added pastel to the printed image.